AIC Submits Counter Comments on India’s Regulatory Framework for Over-The-Top (OTT) Communication Services

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Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) has submitted counter comments on Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (“TRAI”) Consultation Paper on Regulatory Framework for Over-The-Top (“OTT”) Communication Services in India. This submission is built based on the assessment of the comments that have been submitted by various stakeholders and we have noted that many of these are broadly in consonance with the position taken by AIC in its main submission: that OTT service providers and TSPs are different services and there is presently no need for additional regulations being imposed on OTT players. However, a few of the submissions, particularly those by the TSPs, have requested regulating both under the same legal regime – i.e. through a license and with various obligations transposed from the telecom regime to the entire digital communications regime.